24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch
24 Emmental–Entlebuch

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Emmental–Entlebuch

Stage 2, Burgdorf–Escholzmatt

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Emmental–Entlebuch

Follow the now tamed River Emme, past stately farmhouses with wide overhanging hipped roofs. Emmental, a finely structured system of 170 valleys and rolling hills. From the Gotthelf village of Lützelflüh to Langnau, home of Emmental cheese.
On the banks of the Emme River, surrounded by forests and impressive sandstone cliffs, lies the medieval town of Burgdorf. With a population of over 16,000, it's more a city than a village, as its name pretends. As you leave the Zähringen town, the views extend to the stately castle and the symmetrically arranged cubicles of the swimming pool. Their original design dating back to 1929 gives the baths a nostalgic touch. After Rüegsauschachen (the name says it all), the cycling path runs along the Emme and through the Schachen with its riparian forest. Until Lützelflüh, you follow on the Herzroute (Heart Route), which then branches off toward Affoltern and the Emmental Show Dairy. The village of Lützelflüh is home to the Gotthelf Centre. Albert Bitzius, the writer's real name, served here as vicar and priest. The following quote from his book "Die Wassernoth im Emmental" (The Water Crisis in the Emmen Valley, 1837) can be read at the Gohlhausbrücke: "Dem wilden Strome war auch diese Brücke im Wege" (This bridge, too, stood in the way of the raging river). Gotthelf used to live nearby.

There are many wooden bridges along the Emme, surrounded by Höger (hills) and Chräche (remote places). At Lauperswil, free-range chickens enjoy their freedom next to impressive pumpkins and bleating goatlings. At Obermatt, the smaller Ilfis joins the larger Emme. Shortly afterwards, you reach Langnau, the capital of Emmental cheese. The cycling route continues slightly uphill. The local history museum at Trubschachen depicts life in the Emmen Valley in the days of Gotthelf. Meantime, those with a sweet tooth can binge on biscuits at Kambly-Trubschachen.

Not quite as relaxed is the atmosphere on the main road to Wiggen. Fast cars dominate, zipping past green meadows, where cats are hunting for mice. Nothing can fluster them. Without even noticing it, you cross from the Bernese Emmen Valley into Lucerne's Entlebuch, from Emmentaler cheese to Entlebuch coffee, so to speak. Here you are in the Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere, a moorland of national importance with magnificent mountain pine, beech, spruce and fir forests. Visible in the southeast: the Schrattenflueh and its unique karst landscape. Eventually, your reach Escholzmatt with its heritage site of national importance and its fascinating, late-gothic church.
Follow the now tamed River Emme, past stately farmhouses with wide overhanging hipped roofs. Emmental, a finely structured system of 170 valleys and rolling hills. From the Gotthelf village of Lützelflüh to Langnau, home of Emmental cheese.
On the banks of the Emme River, surrounded by forests and impressive sandstone cliffs, lies the medieval town of Burgdorf. With a population of over 16,000, it's more a city than a village, as its name pretends. As you leave the Zähringen town, the views extend to the stately castle and the symmetrically arranged cubicles of the swimming pool. Their original design dating back to 1929 gives the baths a nostalgic touch. After Rüegsauschachen (the name says it all), the cycling path runs along the Emme and through the Schachen with its riparian forest. Until Lützelflüh, you follow on the Herzroute (Heart Route), which then branches off toward Affoltern and the Emmental Show Dairy. The village of Lützelflüh is home to the Gotthelf Centre. Albert Bitzius, the writer's real name, served here as vicar and priest. The following quote from his book "Die Wassernoth im Emmental" (The Water Crisis in the Emmen Valley, 1837) can be read at the Gohlhausbrücke: "Dem wilden Strome war auch diese Brücke im Wege" (This bridge, too, stood in the way of the raging river). Gotthelf used to live nearby.

There are many wooden bridges along the Emme, surrounded by Höger (hills) and Chräche (remote places). At Lauperswil, free-range chickens enjoy their freedom next to impressive pumpkins and bleating goatlings. At Obermatt, the smaller Ilfis joins the larger Emme. Shortly afterwards, you reach Langnau, the capital of Emmental cheese. The cycling route continues slightly uphill. The local history museum at Trubschachen depicts life in the Emmen Valley in the days of Gotthelf. Meantime, those with a sweet tooth can binge on biscuits at Kambly-Trubschachen.

Not quite as relaxed is the atmosphere on the main road to Wiggen. Fast cars dominate, zipping past green meadows, where cats are hunting for mice. Nothing can fluster them. Without even noticing it, you cross from the Bernese Emmen Valley into Lucerne's Entlebuch, from Emmentaler cheese to Entlebuch coffee, so to speak. Here you are in the Entlebuch UNESCO Biosphere, a moorland of national importance with magnificent mountain pine, beech, spruce and fir forests. Visible in the southeast: the Schrattenflueh and its unique karst landscape. Eventually, your reach Escholzmatt with its heritage site of national importance and its fascinating, late-gothic church.
36 km
Asphalted: 29 km
Natural surface: 7 km
440 m | 120 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Burgdorf
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Family cycling tours
The section between Trubschachen and Burgdorf (29 km) is especially recommended with children.
To the Familiy tour Emmental
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Langnau–Wiggen
Bypass Langnau–Escholzmatt
89
Bypass Langnau–Escholzmatt
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Langnau i.E., Bahnhof–Escholzmatt
or
Escholzmatt–Langnau i.E., Bahnhof
Reason: dangerous road with heavy traffic.
SBB Timetable
Amended routing, Trubschachen
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Amended routing
Please note the amended routing and follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Escholzmatt
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Services

Accommodation

Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Jugendherberge Schloss Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Bauernhof Bättwil
Bauernhof Bättwil
Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Hotel Orchidee Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Gumpersmühlehof
Gumpersmühlehof
Grünenmatt
Hotel Moosegg
Hotel Moosegg
Emmenmatt
Gasthof zum Roten Thurm
Gasthof zum Roten Thurm
Signau
Hotel Hirschen
Hotel Hirschen
Langnau im Emmental
Hotel Emmental
Hotel Emmental
Langnau im Emmental
B+B Trubschachen
B+B Trubschachen
Trubschachen
Hof Bach
Hof Bach
Trub
Meisenegg
Meisenegg
Marbach LU
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Places

Burgdorf
Burgdorf
Lützelflüh
Lützelflüh
Moosegg
Moosegg
Langnau i. E.
Langnau i. E.
Trubschachen
Trubschachen
Escholzmatt
Escholzmatt
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Places of interest

Murder on the Route of St. James
Murder on the Route of St. James
Museum Franz Gertsch
Museum Franz Gertsch
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Brüelhohle (Heimiswil)
Kambly Experience
Kambly Experience
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization